Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Just diagnosed with coronary heart disease

2-minute read

If you have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease (CHD), you can reduce your risk of further episodes by making simple lifestyle changes. Stopping smoking after a heart attack, for example, will quickly reduce your risk of a future heart attack to near that of a non-smoker.

Other lifestyle changes, such as eating more healthily and being more physically active, will also reduce your future risk of heart disease.

Many different medicines are used to treat CHD. Some heart medicines have side effects, so it may take a while to find one that works for you. Your doctor or specialist will be able to discuss the various options with you.

If your blood vessels are narrow due to a build up of atheroma (fatty deposits), or if your symptoms cannot be controlled using medicines, procedures like angioplasties or stents or surgery may be needed to open up or replace the blocked arteries.

In a very small number of cases, when the heart is severely damaged and medicine is not effective, or when the heart becomes less efficient at pumping blood around the body (heart failure), a heart transplant may be needed.

The Heart Foundation can provide further information on CHD through their website, or by calling their information line on 1300 36 27 87.

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: January 2020

Back To Top

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Keeping your heart healthy | The Heart Foundation 

Learn why keeping your heart healthy is so important and get practical tips on living a heart healthy lifestyle. Read simple ways to protect your heart now.

Read more on Heart Foundation website

4 tips to keep your heart healthy while working from home | The Heart Foundation

Changing the way you work can also be a chance to boost your heart health.

Read more on Heart Foundation website

Dairy and heart health | The Heart Foundation

Is milk bad for your heart? Not all dairy products are equal. Discover different types of dairy foods and the impact they could have on your heart health.

Read more on Heart Foundation website

While you are sleeping

Sleep your way to health. Your body doesn't switch off when you shut your eyes – it's working for your mood, weight loss and overall wellbeing.

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Healthy Eating to Protect Your Heart | The Heart Foundation

Having a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to protect your heart and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Read more now.

Read more on Heart Foundation website

Choose the right exercise for you -

Select types of exercise that fit your lifestyle and that you enjoy, because the benefits of exercise depend on you doing it regularly and for the long term.

Read more on myDr website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo